Smart Eye Appoints Detlef Wilke as New Vice President of Automotive Solutions

Auto Tech Outlook | Thursday, September 30, 2021

Detlef Wilke joins Smart Eye as Vice President of Automotive Solutions.

FREMONT, CA: Smart Eye, the market leader in artificial intelligence-powered Driver Monitoring and Interior Sensing software, appoints Detlef Wilke as Vice President of Automotive Solutions.

Detlef Wilke will serve as Vice President of Automotive Technologies, leading and expanding Smart Eyes Driver Monitoring and Interior Sensing solutions. Automotive Solutions was launched in 2012 and has since established Smart Eye as the industry's leading developer of Driver Monitoring System (DMS) software. Smart Eye is the undisputed market leader, has signed 88 contracts with 13 OEMs, and supplying its AI-based technology to several of the world's major automakers.

Detlef Wilke assumes the role of Vice President of Automotive Solutions at a critical juncture in the evolution of the automotive sector. Recent legislation proposals in the United States and China and the upcoming Euro NCAP assessment protocol include driver detection technology as a mandatory safety feature, increasing the pressure on automakers to incorporate Driver Monitoring Systems into their forthcoming vehicle models.

“I am very happy to be joining the Smart Eye team at a time when the demand for DMS and Interior Sensing software solutions is rapidly growing,” says Detlef Wilke, new Vice President of Automotive Solutions at Smart Eye. “Smart Eyes’ unparalleled domain expertise combined with their focus on quality and performance positions the company perfectly to lead this market, saving lives and improving our transportation experiences. I look forward to driving new growth opportunities, adding my experience and passion to the highly skilled and committed team.”

Smart Eyes Driver Monitoring software is the finest equipped solution to meet Euro NCAP requirements and emerging US and Chinese laws. The firm is also well-positioned to lead and accelerate the fast-growing Interior Sensing sector, following its recent acquisition of Emotion AI pioneer Affectiva.

“I am excited to welcome Detlef Wilke to Smart Eye,” says Martin Krantz, CEO and Founder of Smart Eye. “His deep technical expertise in building Interior Sensing systems and developing DMS solutions will be incredibly valuable for Smart Eye as we expand our automotive footprint.”

Detlef Wilke is departing Aptiv (formerly Delphi) after 23 years. After seven years in various parallel responsibilities, including technical management, project leadership, and solution and quote strategy leadership, he focused on Driver Monitoring and Interior Sensing. He previously established and defined the company and technology in the areas of Driver- and Interior Monitoring. Previously, he held leadership positions in the OEM- and aftermarket connectivity and telematics hardware and software markets. Detlef was heavily involved in the NCAP and legislative efforts as Chairman of the CLEPA Mirror Group for Euro NCAP Occupant Status Monitoring.

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